While the presentation is not as slick as the recent Google Glass idea, the concepts behind “Touché” by Disney Research Pittsburgh could be equally as revolutionary. In fact, the two products working together make what was science fiction now very real. Here’s how they describe it.
Touché proposes a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique that can not only detect a touch event, but also recognize complex configurations of the human hands and body. Such contextual information significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from conventional touchscreens to unique contexts and materials. For example, in our explorations we add touch and gesture sensitivity to the human body and liquids. We demonstrate the rich capabilities of Touché with five example setups from different application domains and conduct experimental studies that show gesture classification accuracies of 99% are achievable with our technology.
The 2nd half of the video shows some practical implementations. Some of which are pretty lame, but I’m sure you can think of dozens of other uses that would be more exciting, just in the theme parks alone.
Disney Research Pittsburgh is a project that combines the efforts of Walt Disney Company with Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). CMU’s Entertainment Technology Center was the home of Last Lecture Imagineer Randy Pausch and has graduated a number of Imagineers. It does look like this came a different program, however.
Are you excited to see Disney innovating?